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Catherine Pelonero is the author of the New York Timesbestseller, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences, a nonfiction book about the notorious 1964 murder case. Kitty Genovese twice made the New York Times Best Sellers list, reaching #10 in crime and punishment and #1 on Amazon in biography and memoir.

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As a true crime author and commentator, Catherine appears on national TV news broadcasts and crime shows, including episodes of the the Emmy-winning series A Crime to Remember, It Takes a Killer, Fox Files, and Murderous Affairs. She is a contributing writer for Investigation Discovery’s CrimeFeed.

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Her latest book, Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided, is a nonfiction account of Joseph Christopher, a white serial killer who targeted black men in a crime spree across New York state. Praised by noted FBI profiler John Douglas as “A gripping account of a complex and controversial case,” Absolute Madness was published in November 2017 to critical acclaim.

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The Cliffhouse Haunting is available in ebook and paperback at Amazon! Here’s what one reviewer has to say:

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“The Cliffside Lodge has a history dating back to 1887. Not only has it been a place to stay for people enjoying the beauty of Blue Lady Lake, but it was also a place with a dark history. In the twenties a serial killer called the Bodice Ripper terrorized the town and a ghost called The Blue Lady was seen when a death was about to occur.

Flash forward to the present and a new serial killer is terrorizing the town and the Blue Lady is making her presence known again. At the Cliffside Lodge, wet foot prints are being spotted in rooms, disembodied voices are being heard and when people look in the mirror they see the face of the Blue Lady.

What can I say about The Cliffside Haunting by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross other than it left me with a huge smile on my face. I’ve been a fan of Tamara Thorne going back to the mid nineties. I like her writing because her books have great characters and she creates a detailed mythology. Also her stories have just the right amount of horror, smut, and humor that I look for in a book.

The Cliffside Haunting is no exception, it was obvious that Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne had a lot of fun writing this and it was hard to put down. I would love to know the writing process behind this book because all the characters are so detailed and a lot of them reminded me of people I knew. I’m not sure who wrote what in this book but by the end of it I was wanting to read any solo work that Alistair Cross has out along with re-reading Tamara’s books.

The best part of The Cliffside Haunting is without a doubt the characters. The serial killer referred to as Hammerhead who hates everyone including the ghost who helps him is a perfect villain. We also have characters who are self-centered and egotistical but at the same time are fascinating because we’ve all met people like this. Authoress Constance Welling thinks she is God’s gift to the world but no one else seems to like her. I kept hoping that nothing bad would happen to her in the book because the scenes that she is in were so entertaining. There is one scene when she is doing a fortune-telling act that’s one of the funniest and most outrageous scenes I’ve ever read in a book. Another great character is Dr. Siechert who will want to make you stay away from doctors for the rest of your life and is part of a very funny scene which takes place in a supermarket.

In addition to memorable characters in this book I also loved the detailed history of the Cliffside lodge and how the mystery of the Blue Lady unfolds. I loves how The Cliffside Haunting goes back and forth from being funny to scary and it was hard to predict where the story would go next. There are some gruesome death scenes in this book and one in particular had me laughing and cringing at the same time. All I’m going to say about it is beware of the chocolate wanderer. You want to know what it is? You need to read the book; you won’t be disappointed.”

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A review of THE CRIMSON CORSET from FaeryFits:
 
“I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up The Crimson Corset. I don’t actually even know how I found it, but you know, it showed up on my Kindle and who wouldn’t be curious about a book with a cover of a woman wearing a bright red corset? Especially when the series is clearly about vampires? (Turns out that the corset’s ribbing is made out of bones of its owner’s own mother; how creepy is that?!)
 
So anyway, it took me about 5 pages to realize that I LOVE THIS BOOK!
 
Some context: I was reading this out loud to my daughter (don’t judge; a 7 week old isn’t going to understand what I’m reading to her, just that she’s hearing me). Ease of articulating was super important!
 
The Crimson Corset is punny. Oh, how I love puns!
There’s nothing better than starting a book off with a few good puns. Characters that bring some puns to the table are just so much more enjoyable than characters who are boring. Obviously.
 
I mean, right off the bat we get to observe a conversation between Cade,=, one of the main characters and his fern named Fernando! (Get it? Yeah, totally took me two thirds of the book to catch the pun) Cade also later named his cat Sir Purrcival. I mean, the punny in The Crimson Corset was spectacular.
 
And it’s not just puns. Even through the worst of the goings-on (see next section), Cade and the other characters still kept a sense of humor. Dry humor. Some of which may have involved holy water water guns leaking in pants. (But no, seriously).
The Crimson Corset is filled with graphic, detailed, gory imagery
 
The Crimson Corset totally starts off light-hearted and fun. By the time I started to get a sense of the plot, I was definitely expecting it to be quick, fun read. But man, it gets dark ! (YAY!) There’s sex (I mean, the title involves a corset; what did you expect?), violence, violent sex. Complete and utter brainwashing by way of vampiric venom. Psycho murderous blood-hungry cross-dressing children.
 
You know, the works.
 
(Yeah, maybe not the best choice of books to read aloud to my daughter.)
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Plus, the descriptions were just plain … well, good. They were powerful, and even though I’m not one to really care about knowing exactly what a character looks like, I LOVED Cross’ descriptions. They conveyed so much more than just appearance. Personality came across, as did insanity, where appropriate. It really made the experiences feel almost relatable.
 
The Crimson Corset adds a unique flavor to a common theme. Ok, this book is totally (at least partially) about vampires who kill humans against vampires who don’t kill humans. Totally cliche, right? But it felt unique and fun in a horrifying oh-dear-god-is-that-really-happening kind of way. There are enough fresh ideas to keep me from feeling bored.
 
And honestly, the “bad” vampires were so interesting (read: graphically horrifying and very consistently motivated) that I didn’t really care that this is a common/overused theme.
The Crimson Corset is easily the best vampire-dedicated book I’ve read. Ever.
 
And that’s saying something. Since, you know, I went through that phase. And, you know, I totally still read an awful lot of vampire books. This review was originally posted on FaerieFits (less)”
 

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This week on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, we’re talking to New York Times best selling Master of the Macabre, Dan Wells, author of The Partials Sequence, The Hollow City, and the John Wayne Cleaver series. His novel I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER has been adapted into a movie starring Christopher Lloyd, Max Records, and Laura Fraser, and is available now on Netflix.
 
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